AFL clears Crows of rules breach over camp

Adelaide have been cleared by an AFL investigation of any rule breach over the club's controversial pre-season camp.


An AFL investigation has cleared Adelaide of any rule breach surrounding the club's controversial pre-season camp.

But the league says the Crows should have showed greater care when staging the mind training camp in January on the Gold Coast.

"The investigation identified there was a need for greater due diligence regarding the manner in which the club identified, implemented and managed its pre-season camp," the AFL said on Thursday in a statement.

"The AFL has recommended improved oversight when engaging external providers and further investment in the club's integrity area."

The Crows have pledged to appoint a full-time integrity officer at the club, Adelaide's chief executive Andrew Fagan said.

"We are on the record as saying elements of our pre-season camp should have been handled and executed better," Fagan said in a statement.

"As always, the intent was positive and proactive and with a clear view to driving both personal and team improvement.

"But upon reflection and review, there are clear learnings."

The AFL integrity unit investigated the camp, staged by the Crows and mind-training company Collective Mind.

The camp created ructions within the Crows' playing group and was described mid-year by coach Don Pyke as a "fail" when he announced the club had parted with Collective Mind.

Some of Adelaide's indigenous players protested against the use of a cultural artefact at the camp and other players were privately concerned at the nature of the camp.


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